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Topic # 111618 9-Nov-2012 11:10 Send private message

Some New Zealand IT shops caught red handed selling pirated software:

Microsoft’s investigators bought computers loaded with unlicensed Microsoft software at: 

• IT Serve International 
• Comtech International 
• D&J IT Solutions 
• Computer Xpress 
• R.A.Y Tech 
• Powernet Computers.

All six stores admitted breaching Microsoft’s copyright, and settlements were reached with each company. 

"It tends to be the smaller, local computer stores that are the ones selling unauthorised software in New Zealand," says Clayton Noble, Legal Counsel for Microsoft.

"We don't put these people out of business, but it's important that we stop them selling the unauthorised software, which can often be full of malware that is capable of compromising computer security and even facilitating identity theft. Some strains of counterfeit software products contain hidden key-logging software that allows criminals to steal passwords, bank account details and other personal information."

Some pirated software is also unable to receive and install important security updates, which increases exposure to viruses.

The six stores paid a combined $34,000 in settlements for copyright infringement.

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  Reply # 714572 9-Nov-2012 11:16 Send private message

22% unauthorized software use in NZ and we are the 4th least pirated country in the world? Damn, I still find that figure to be quite high. China is prob sitting at 98% unauthorized software use.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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  Reply # 714573 9-Nov-2012 11:18 Send private message

silly idiots :|

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  Reply # 714574 9-Nov-2012 11:20 Send private message

One of the things that annoys me as someone who sells legitimate software is things where relatively reputable resellers will "fudge" the rules for things like SBS, allowing companies to use terminal services on their SBS. We have lost a few deals because we were unprepared to compete like that!

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  Reply # 714580 9-Nov-2012 11:38 Send private message

Doesn't surprise me at all

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